Achievement of AAP in Delhi
Posted by Zaheerul Hassan
The past month at AAP has been exciting. Here is a quick look at some key initiatives of the Delhi Government that reflects an innovative, inclusive and environment sensitive governance.
Arvind Kejriwal announces a slew of measures to solve Delhi’s water woes
CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced a slew of measures to tackle the water woes faced by the residents of Delhi. The first among these is the rehabilitation of Yamuna Vihar Wastewater Treatment Plant which will have an additional sewage treatment capacity of 31.8 MGD. Steps to augment water capacity of Delhi, which includes addition of two more water treatment plants, were also announced. The CM fixed a clear timeline for the work with 55-60 MGD of additional water to be made available before next summer, 110 MGD before 2020 and 200 MGD by 2021. In addition, the decision to regularise unauthorised water connections over a period of three months will provide relief to thousands of Delhi residents and at the same time curb the leakages, and add to to DJB’s revenues. The CM also announced the plan to rejuvenate 200 local lakes in Delhi for which a consultant has been hired.
Delhi to soon get 1000 electric buses
In a big step towards modernizing Delhi’s public transport system and reducing pollution, the AAP government gave in-principle approval for the induction of 1,000 fully electric buses in Delhi, a project estimated to cost ₹2000 Crores. The induction of these 1000 electric buses will make Delhi a pioneer in clean public transport in India and globally. It will have the highest number of electric buses compared to any city in the world outside China. The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Ltd has been hired as the consultant and a detailed study of the project will be ready in three months. This is a fulfilment of one of the key commitments made in the 2018-19 “green” budget which focussed on fighting pollution by commissioning 1,000 e-buses and providing subsidies for switching to non-polluting fuel.
AAP government’s big reforms for people living in Slums
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who chairs the Delhi Urban Shelter Development Board (DUSIB), the authority responsible for the development of slums in Delhi ordered survey in all jhuggi-jhopri (JJ) clusters to ascertain the number of occupants. The occupants will be issued a provisional certificate who can then be shifted to pucca house under the Delhi Slum & Jhuggi Jhopri Rehabilitation & Relocation Policy, 2015. Besides, the board has also decided to prepare a consolidated estimation for completion of cement concrete pavements and drains including repair works in all these bastis, the work on which will be completed in one year. DUSIB will also establish Open Gyms in 414 DUSIB Shishu Vatikas (a designated space for children) and allot more spaces for opening of Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics on its lands/properties.
Free Dialysis for the poor in Delhi
Anyone who has required a dialysis knows the significant financial drain it is. It is in fact often unaffordable for the poor to undergo life saving dialysis. The Delhi Government, keeping in mind the plight of thousands of poor residents suffering from kidney ailments, has decided to tie up with seven private hospitals to provide free dialysis to anyone with an annual income of less than 3 lakhs. All these hospitals have a total of 101 dialysis machines, and below poverty line (BPL) residents of Delhi can avail free treatment in any of these hospitals under the Delhi Arogya Kosh scheme.
Delhi government schools to get 12,000 new classrooms
The relentless pursuit of the AAP government in changing the face of education in Delhi received another boost with the Delhi Cabinet approving the proposal to build over 12,000 new rooms in government schools in Delhi. The government will be building 9,981 classrooms, 106 multi-purpose halls, 328 laboratories, 1,067 toilet blocks, as well as 204 libraries, principal and vice-principal rooms, staff rooms, staircases in the existing premises of Delhi government schools. The new classrooms will go a long way in further reversing the adverse Student Classroom Ratio (SCR) in the government schools in Delhi.
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